November - The lab "travels" (took the MARC train) to the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington, DC. Tricia speaks in a symposium on reward and aversion while the rest of the lab presents all at once in a session on Motivation and Reward.

October - Ron, Jocelyn, Ben, and Kurt travel and present at the Pavlovian Society Meeting in Philadelphia. Tricia speaks at the Brain Prize Meeting in Denmark!

September - Kurt receives a Special Opportunities for Undergraduate Learning Course Award to develop and teach an independent course for freshmen and sophomores to get them interested and engaged with neuroscience. Congrats Kurt!

August - Tricia, Ron, Jocelyn, Ben, and Kurt travel to the GRC meeting on Catecholamines. Jocelyn gave a talk at the GRS and Ben was selected to speak during the conference!

July - Kurt passes his qualifying exam - congrats Kurt!

June - David passes his qualifying exam - congrats David! We say goodbye to Heather and Deanna as they start new endeavors.

May - Kurt receives the Walter L. Clark Service Award from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences! Flavia takes a position as a staff scientist at NIDA and we wish her the best!

March - David is selected to receive the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Kurt receives an honorable mention! Great news! Congrats David and Kurt!


December - Ben and Jocelyn attend the ACNP annual meeting, where Jocelyn was selected to receive the Harry June Travel Award.

November - The lab travels to San Diego for the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Jocelyn is selected to present at the NIDA/NIAAA Early Career Investigator showcase! Ben, Youna, and Jocelyn all present posters, Kurt and David "network", and Tricia held a "Meet the Expert" talk. Youna gives a talk in the Baltimore Brain Series at the University of Maryland!

October - Jocelyn was selected to attend the HHMI Junior Scientist Workshop on Neural Circuits and Behavior at Janelia Research campus! Ron presents at the annual Pavlovian Society meeting! Jocelyn gives a talk in the Baltimore Brain Series at the NIDA IRP!

September - Tricia, Youna, Ben, Jocelyn, and Kurt travel to Dopamine 2016 in Vienna, Austria. Jocelyn was selected to give a talk in one of the sessions, Tricia delivers a plenary lecture, and Youna and Ben present posters (Kurt networked a lot!). A good time is had by all! Ben and Tricia also attended and presented at the HHMI Action Selection Across the Animal Kingdom meeting at Janelia Research Campus. David receives the Lasker Foundation Essay Contest prize!

August - Tabitha Kim joins the lab as a new graduate student in the PBS department. Welcome Tabitha!

July - Alex joins the lab as a new technician - welcome Alex!

June - Jocelyn and Tricia chair a symposium at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in New Orleans. David finishes his rotations and decides to join the lab as a graduate student - welcome David! Heather joins the lab as a new technician - welcome Heather!

May - Jocelyn publishes two papers! One on the role of mu-opioid receptors in the nucleus accumbens shell in alcohol-drinking behaviors and one on ventral pallidal neuronal encoding of reward-cue evoked behaviors. Kurt has a commentary published in the Journal of Neuroscience!

April - Amy leaves us to head off to the University of Minnesota where she will pursue a DDS/PhD dual degree and will be missed.

March - Ron receives a prestigious Dean's Teaching Fellowship to teach a new course in the upcoming academic year on the psychobiology of addiction! Undergraduate Anne Armstrong receives the Provost's Research Scholarship to conduct summer research on stress and alcohol drinking behaviors!

February - Jocelyn presents a poster the Alcohol & the Nervous System Gordon Research Conference in Galveston.


December - Ben presents a poster at the ACNP annual meeting and won a prestigious travel award to do so - congrats Ben!

October - Most of the lab attends SfN in Chicago. Ben, Zayra, and Kurt present posters during the conference.

September - Ben and Jocelyn are both recipients of NARSAD Young Investigator Awards!

August - Kurt joins the lab as a graduate student!

February - Youna joins the lab as a postdoc!

January - Ben and Jocelyn make the move to Baltimore.


August - Janak Lab moves to Johns Hopkins! Ron and Zayra move to Baltimore and Amy and Flavia start in the lab.